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Why Mindfulness is Big Business

Daniel Garrahan | 7:08


Gongs. Draw their breath in, exhale. With meditation. Smartphone apps gently close the eyes, or even organic dance. Mindfulness comes in all shapes and sizes.

Counting the breath on the exhale from one. It's the psychological process of feeling presence in your own body. By paying attention to the moments, your thoughts, feelings and the environment around you. It's argued that stress anxiety and depression can be managed. Half of work absences last year in the UK were due to stress or mental health. And companies are starting to take wellbeing seriously. It's no longer unusual for businesses to offer mindfulness meditation classes designed to reduce workers stress while increasing productivity.

Jobs at Apple, you know, he introduced proper programs, you know, then you've got Google doing it. And these are creative, innovative companies. Now you've got people like you know, Goldman Sachs doing it haitch you know, HBO, Procter and Gamble. When you invest in your staff in this way, you get more out of them, they're obviously less stressed. But also they become more innovative in their thinking, more creative, more productive.

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